(imagine courtesy Kil Slug’s Francis Larry Kelly Jr.)
University Of Melbourne researcher Dr Katrina McFerran, no relation presumably, to one-time Matador Recording artist Bobby McFerrin, is “immersed in a new study that aims to find out why some young people use heavy metal music in a negative way.” The good Dr. would have you believe “young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music.” This will come as a crushing blow to persons devoted to exploiting the power electronics and goth genres, but let’s allow Katrina to give her side of it, via The Melbourne Newsroom ;
By conducting in-depth interviews with 50 young people aged between 13 and 18, along with a national survey of 1000 young people, Dr McFerran is looking to develop an early intervention model that can be integrated into schools to impact positively before behavioral problems occur.
“The mp3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day,” she said.
“Most young people listen to a range of music in positive ways; to block out crowds, to lift their mood or to give them energy when exercising, but young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way.
“Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again and doesn’t listen to anything else. They do this to isolate themselves or escape from reality.
“If this behavior continues over a period of time then it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies.”
Yes, well, ok. But where’s the downside?